Shobharam, 47 is Tazaram’s cousin brother. He has been associated with him for more than 30 years now. He started learning music when he was 12 years old. Being from a musical background allowed him to learn the art in a better way. His father was also a Padh performer and that’s the reason why he got inclined towards the art. He belongs to the bheel community of Rajasthan and has been performing with Taazaram for more than 25 years. He is a very dedicated person with a lot of wisdom. He wishes to open up an academy where students not only learn the art form but also study on how and why it came into existence. He gets around 5-7 shows per month depending upon the season and gets paid around 2000-3000rs per show. The Padh is performed for hours and is a challenging task. It appears to be fun but the efforts these people put into the art is incredible.
Tara Ram, 40, is one of the most aged and experienced member of the group. He has been performing for more than 25 years. Three generations of his family are deeply involved with the art of Pabuji ki pad. He is a married man and has got 3 kids and all of them do schooling.
Tara plays ravanhatta in the group and Thakra Ram has been his teacher and mentor throughout. Playing such a complicated instrument is a tough task and takes years of practice. He believes dedication is a key factor in achieving excellence in any artform. Tara Ram has been associated with the group for more than 20 years now. He and his group have mostly performed in Rajasthan but he wishes to take the artform on a global level. He believes Pabuji ki pad deserves recognition and respect around the globe and his group members are dedicated to achieve this.
Rekha is multi – talented artist. She is a stunning dancer and marvellous singer. She gets this talent from his her banjaara tribe which highly promotes creativity and talent from a very young age itself. She is the only female singer i the group. Rekha is 25 and married to a man in Jodhpur but during the season time she makes sure that she joins her group and follow her passion. She apart from dancing and singing trains other banjaara girls who want to follow their dream of dancing and singing in future.
Dalbar Ji is a 69 years old Giddha performer, and hails from Chattha village in Sangrur, which his famous worldwide for this native art form of Punjab. He leads the Malwai Giddha group of fifteen to sixteen people, and plays Sarangi to give melody to the ‘boliyaan’ sung during the performance. He belongs to a Jatt Sikh family in Sangrur, and has done M.Phil. He retired as a school teacher in 2009. He has been exposed to the rich cultural art forms of Punjab since childhood. He used to listen to the famous Daddh groups, and Tumbi-Algoze groups, especially from Malerkothla, in the fairs and festivals organized in his village. He liked Giddha the most amongst all the folk art forms. He, along with his senior, Satbal Sharma, took Giddha to the stage for the first time in November 1976. Dalbaar Ji is an extremely humble person, and enjoys playing Sarangi to the fullest. He performs Giddha on various occasions and shows, with his entire group. He and his children are involved in farming. He takes pride in the richness and variety exhibited by the vibrant culture of Punjab, which dates back to the times of Harappan and Mohenjodaro civilization. He was inspired by his elder brother, who was also a Giddha performer, and learnt this art form by observing the art form in fairs and festivals.
Devi Singh holds a family of 9 people and had been living in Barmer for all his life. He belongs to the case of Rajputs.
Apart from being a musician he also works as a driver. He plays all kinds of folk instruments and is majorly inclined towards playing Manjira. As a kid, he used to visit temples and see all the musicians singing songs about God and worship and that’s where he developed a taste in folk music. He gets inspiration from the calm and composed environment of the temples and places of worship. He does singing for his inner peace and describes the person who sings the folk tales as the one who’d never do wrong in his life. As per him, the bhajans describe the way of life of a folk artist. He states that the meaning of life is engraved within the lines of the bhajan.
Dana Singh has been a source of inspiration and a mentor all his life. He mainly sings in raag ‘Malhaar’ and songs about Meera Bai He has got 4 children and one of them is leaning music from him. Devi Singh believes that he has got a treasure of rich cultural heritage but no one to see or appreciate it. In association with Anahad, he believes that he and his group would be able to reach a much wider audience and make them aware of the unheard folk tales.
Inderjeet Singh is a 24 years old folk musician from a small hamlet called Baaga Brana in Punjab. He sings and plays Dhol, Tabla, and Dholak He is pursuing his masters in music- both vocals and instrumental from Punjabi University, Patiala. He started learning music at the age of 6 years from his Guruji Rakesh Kumar Ji, who is a famous Dhol player, who plays along with renowned folk musicians like Rajan Gill. His father does stitching work, but he has always been fond of folk music. He always motivates his children to learn music. His sister is pursuing M.Phil in music. Inderjeet belongs to Nirankari Mission, and he started singing by performing at Satsanga and jaagrans. He wishes to go abroad to study music. He has been a part of many folk music groups for 3 years before he joined this group.
Jaskarn Singh is a 23 years old folk musician who hails from Moga district in Punjab. He plays the harmonium with the group. He completed his masters from Punjabi University in Patiala. He also works as a music producer, and has just completed setting up his own studio, by the name of ‘Black Music Production’. He even did a couple of courses in music production from an institute in Chandigarh. Music is his passion, and he works day and night to excel in this field. His is father sings Kavishri, and out of his own interest in music, he gifted a Harmonium to Jaskarn in 2003. Since then he has been learning and practising the different folk songs on it.
Maninderpal Singh is a 24 years old folk musician from a small village called Baaga Braana in Punjab. He is pursuing Master of Arts (M.A.) in music from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He did his Bachelors in the same field. His family is into farming, and his father has always encouraged his passion for music. He started learning singing folk from Ustad Baba Jora Singh in Dharamkot. Besides singing, he also plays the Harmonium. He has been playing for almost 6 years now. He is very fond of taking part in competitions organized in the fairs and festivals in his village. He feels that recording is very crucial for an artist so as to possess a tangible format of his or her art.
Maukam, 18, lives in a village named Hadwa, 60 kms from Barmer city. He belongs to the Rajput caste. He has been associated with the group for more than 5 years and plays veena. His teacher, mentor and father Gyan Singh has always been an inspiration and motivation for him. Most of the songs he performs are authentic bhajans and one of his favourite raags is Soorthi. He also writes his own songs and has a collection of more than 100 self-composed songs. He believes his group is different because it includes most folk instruments and it tries to experiment while keeping within the traditional way. Maukam has studied till grade 10 but could not pursue further education due to financial instability. Music is his only source of income. He gets around 10-15 shows per month and Rs2000 per show. Most of the shows he gets are on a recommendation basis and through contacts. He wishes to travel abroad and perform at a global stage with a wider audience. He sees other fellow musicians as his brothers and the children of Maa Saraswati
Nagendar Singh is a 19-year-old musician from Sangrur, Punjab. He is pursuing his Bachelors in Indian Classical music and is greatly fond of folk music. He plays Dhad and Chimta and is fond of both the folk instruments. Nagendar likes to sing folk songs as well. Despite the financial instability, his father has always encouraged him to pursue music. All his family members are extremely fond of folk music. He got inspired by his uncle, who is a folk singer. He feels that folk music depicts one’s own culture and should not be forgotten. Efforts should be made to revive and protect the dying folk music. He practices with all his heart and brings laurels to his institution wherever and whenever he performs. He wishes to pursue music as a profession and is working with full determination to achieve his goal.
Ranveer, 17, lives in a village named Goongha, 60 kms from Barmer city. He belongs to the Rajput caste. He plays harmonium and is also a singer. It has been 2 years since he has been associated with Chagna Ram and group. Mokum Singh, who is also a member of the group as well as his brother and mentor, introduced him to Chagna Ram. Most of the songs he performs are bhajans and are mainly about gods and their tales. Ranveer is in 11th standard and is a dedicated student. He plans on completing his studies and pursue further education. He has performed in most of the cities of Rajasthan. On an average, he gets around 12-15 shows per month and 500rs per show. His brother Mokum Singh acts as a manager for the group and helps them get clients and shows. He wishes to complete his education and pursue his passion for music.
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